Monroe One-Room Country Schoolhouse

Step back in time

Step back in time as you visit the Monroe One-Room Country Schoolhouse in Walnut, Iowa. This small, one-room building once was the school for the children that lived in Monroe township from 1931 until 1949 when it was closed. Today, the museum is maintained by the Walnut Creek Historical Society and features numerous artifacts from the school’s past, including photographs, books, furniture, school supplies, and more.

One-room schools were commonplace throughout rural Iowa, and according to the Iowa Department of Education, there are approximately 2,800 one-room schools still standing in Iowa. These structures help remind us of how much education has changed over the years.

Tours of the Monroe One-Room Schoolhouse are available by appointment only. Please call (402) 960-5771 to schedule your visit today or visit the Walnut Creek Historical Society’s website for more information.

This post was originally published on January 6, 2022 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.